Water management

From policy to practice

Recognised for our expertise in planning and overseeing complex and sensitive water and environmental projects, our skills have been utilised by a wide range of clients within the public and private sectors.

From policy to practice

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Ricardo experts offer a comprehensive suite of survey and monitoring capabilities including:

  • Phase 1 Habitat
  • National Vegitation Classification (NVC) surveys
  • Protected species surveys
  • River Habitat Surveys and GeoRHS
  • Mesohabitat mapping and hydromorphological characterisation
  • Boat-based river and coastal surveys
  • Sediment sampling and analysis
  • Contaminated land Phase 1 and 2 surveys
  • Catchment baseline surveys
  • Fluvial audit; drainage and flood modelling
  • GIS mapping; geomorphological and geological mapping
  • Hydrological, hydromorphological
  • Water quality modelling

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Our water and regulatory experts provide comprehensive support to support the public sector in the design, implementation and assessment of policy, and support private sector organisations in understanding regulations and achieving compliance. 

Our regulatory support services include:

  • Policy research, design, implementation and assessment
  • Strategic planning advice and feasibility
  • Planning for expansion or increase in capacity/production
  • Risk assessments and strategic review
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Addressing regulatory compliance issues
  • Engagement with regulators
  • Dealing with pollution incidents
  • Permit applications and variations
  • Operational management advice
  • Emergency planning advice

Ricardo’s ecology and hydroecology team regularly works closely with developers, utility companies and government agencies to provide  advice enabling stakeholders to advance their projects. Our support includes:

  • strategic plans
  • Planning applications
  • Consent from statutory bodies
  • Post-planning site works
  • Permitted development construction
  • Wildlife conservation projects

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Ricardo is an expert in supporting national and regional governments and water sector operators in developing water catchment management strategies. From design and analysis of catchment approach, through to long-term management including modelling of climate change scenarios and their impact to catchment.

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We deploy our understanding of the policy context, our technical and practical expertise and our ability to understand the requirements of ours clients to deliver creative, innovative and sustainable solutions.

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